The table below looks at the statistics for MCSD in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited MCSD over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Rank 242 178 151
Rank change year-on-year
-64 -27
Permanent jobs citing MCSD 10 62 116
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.14% 0.92% 1.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.56% 3.96% 5.99%
Number of salaries quoted 10 62 116
Average salary £52,250 £37,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+39.33% +7.14%
90% offered a salary of more than £52,000 £25,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,750 £40,000 £40,000
UK excluding London average salary £52,000 £40,000 £37,500
% change year-on-year
+30.00% +6.66%
MCSD
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1791 1564 1938
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 24.50% 23.32% 24.40%
Number of salaries quoted 1505 1304 1690
Average salary £40,000 £36,250 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.34% +3.57%
90% offered a salary of more than £23,500 £24,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £65,000 £50,000 £50,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -

MCSD
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCSD Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region.

MCSD Salary Trend in the North West

MCSD
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing MCSD across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

MCSD Salary Histogram in the North West

MCSD
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCSD within the North West region over the 3 months to 24 December 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire -7 5 £52,000 +38.66% 1
Manchester -38 3 £57,500 +43.75% 1
Merseyside +7 1 £52,500 +31.25%
Cumbria - 1 £65,000 -
MCSD
England

MCSD
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD.

1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (73.53%) .NET
3 23 (67.65%) C#
3 23 (67.65%) ASP.NET
3 23 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (61.76%) Microsoft
5 20 (58.82%) MVC
5 20 (58.82%) ASP.NET MVC
6 19 (55.88%) SharePoint
7 15 (44.12%) SQL Server
8 14 (41.18%) MCTS
9 13 (38.24%) MCP
9 13 (38.24%) MCAD
9 13 (38.24%) WCF
10 12 (35.29%) TDD
10 12 (35.29%) Razor View Engine
10 12 (35.29%) Web Application Development
10 12 (35.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 10 (29.41%) CSS
12 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
12 9 (26.47%) Windows
12 9 (26.47%) Ajax
12 9 (26.47%) .NET Framework
12 9 (26.47%) Waterfall
13 8 (23.53%) UNIX
13 8 (23.53%) Solaris
13 8 (23.53%) MCSE
13 8 (23.53%) Citrix
13 8 (23.53%) CCA
13 8 (23.53%) Citrix Certification

MCSD
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT jobs across the North West region citing MCSD also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of IT job ads sampled that cited MCSD. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 19 (55.88%) SharePoint
2 7 (20.59%) Office Communications Server
3 3 (8.82%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (8.82%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.94%) IIS
4 1 (2.94%) Lync
4 1 (2.94%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Visualfiles
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.94%) SaaS
2 1 (2.94%) PaaS
2 1 (2.94%) Office 365
2 1 (2.94%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.76%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (44.12%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.94%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.94%) Ingres
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 8 (23.53%) NUnit
1 8 (23.53%) MSTest
1 8 (23.53%) Rhino Mocks
1 8 (23.53%) Moq
2 1 (2.94%) Subversion
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (2.94%) Legal
1 1 (2.94%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 26 (76.47%) Developer
2 12 (35.29%) .NET Developer
3 8 (23.53%) Architect
3 8 (23.53%) Senior Developer
4 7 (20.59%) Infrastructure Architect
5 4 (11.76%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
5 4 (11.76%) Technical Architect
6 3 (8.82%) SharePoint Developer
7 2 (5.88%) SharePoint Consultant
7 2 (5.88%) Consultant
8 1 (2.94%) Applications Developer
8 1 (2.94%) Analyst Programmer
8 1 (2.94%) Programmer
8 1 (2.94%) Software Developer
8 1 (2.94%) Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Analyst Developer
8 1 (2.94%) Virtualisation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (73.53%) .NET
2 23 (67.65%) ASP.NET
3 20 (58.82%) ASP.NET MVC
4 13 (38.24%) WCF
5 12 (35.29%) Razor View Engine
5 12 (35.29%) ASP.NET MVC 4
6 10 (29.41%) CSS
7 9 (26.47%) Ajax
7 9 (26.47%) .NET Framework
8 8 (23.53%) Unity DI Container
8 8 (23.53%) jQuery
8 8 (23.53%) Spring.NET
8 8 (23.53%) Castle Windsor
8 8 (23.53%) Ninject
9 2 (5.88%) HTML
9 2 (5.88%) Classic ASP
9 2 (5.88%) SOAP
9 2 (5.88%) XML
10 1 (2.94%) XSLT
10 1 (2.94%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 8 (23.53%) Inversion of Control
1 8 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
2 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 9 (26.47%) Windows
2 8 (23.53%) Solaris
2 8 (23.53%) UNIX
3 7 (20.59%) AIX
4 1 (2.94%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (67.65%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (58.82%) MVC
3 12 (35.29%) TDD
3 12 (35.29%) Web Application Development
4 9 (26.47%) Waterfall
5 8 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
5 8 (23.53%) Kanban
5 8 (23.53%) Scrum
5 8 (23.53%) Dependency Injection
6 7 (20.59%) Migration
7 4 (11.76%) Technical Architecture
7 4 (11.76%) Load Balancing
7 4 (11.76%) Domain-Driven Design
7 4 (11.76%) BDD
7 4 (11.76%) CQRS
8 2 (5.88%) ITIL
8 2 (5.88%) PRINCE2
9 1 (2.94%) OOA/OOD
9 1 (2.94%) OO
9 1 (2.94%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 23 (67.65%) C#
2 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
3 3 (8.82%) SQL
4 2 (5.88%) T-SQL
4 2 (5.88%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.94%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.94%) AWK
5 1 (2.94%) VB6
5 1 (2.94%) Korn
5 1 (2.94%) XPath
5 1 (2.94%) Bourne shell
5 1 (2.94%) VB
5 1 (2.94%) C
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (41.18%) MCTS
3 13 (38.24%) MCP
3 13 (38.24%) MCAD
4 8 (23.53%) MCSE
4 8 (23.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 8 (23.53%) CCA
4 8 (23.53%) Citrix Certification
5 7 (20.59%) CCEA
5 7 (20.59%) SC Cleared
5 7 (20.59%) Security Cleared
6 1 (2.94%) VCDX
6 1 (2.94%) VCP4
6 1 (2.94%) VCAP
6 1 (2.94%) CCEE
6 1 (2.94%) CCAA
6 1 (2.94%) CCIA
6 1 (2.94%) VCP5
6 1 (2.94%) MCSA
6 1 (2.94%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 8 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (11.76%) Active Directory
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (2.94%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.94%) XenDesktop
3 1 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (2.94%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 1 (2.94%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (61.76%) Microsoft
2 8 (23.53%) Citrix
2 8 (23.53%) VMware
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle
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